Thursday, 27 August 2009

Which alphabet shall it be ?

When will the world come out of recession ? How will the recovery look like ? Questions that are in our thoughts all the time.

Self appointed experts are falling over themselves predicting the answers to these questions. The flavour of the month seems to be to characterize the recovery after an alphabet.

Some economists are predicting a ‘V” recovery – a straight rise after the steep down. Other think it will be a “U” – down, flat and then up again. Nouriel Roubini, an economist noted for being one of the few to have thought a recession was coming before it came, thinks it will be a “W” . As economists have to invent a term for everything, this will be a “double dip” recession. Now Sir Martin Sorrell, chief executive of WPP, an advertising giant, thinks it will be a “L”.

Unfortunately, humility has not been a particular virtue of economists. The least they can do, after failing en masse to see a recession coming, is to keep quiet in penance. No. They are loudly proclaiming their ability to forecast the recovery. They talk about seeing “green shoots”.

At least the Economist was contrite enough to write a cover story – “What went wrong with economics”. It defends the science and its practitioners, of course, but it does accept the profession went so far wrong that it has virtually discredited itself.

Now I have some aspirations to being a “guru” myself – hence all the pontification in this blog !! I have an alphabet to predict the future too. Actually three.

World – please arise and take note. The recovery will be a 经济学 . This will be the exact shape of the recovery. For after all, this is Chinese for economics.


PS - If you see three squares instead of an alphabet in my prediction of the recovery, it means two things. First it means you are not sufficiently economics trained to understand my intricate prediction. Secondly, your browser settings are not set to see Chinese characters !

6 comments:

  1. Witty yet meaningful! yes its high time such economists take the silence virtue :P ur predictment is good, I would get to have good returns - chinese symbols are noted for thier prosperity :)

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  2. heh heh. I don't know what letter it will be, but I know this post is
    'B'--B for brilliant :)

    Cheers
    preeti

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  3. LOL! :-D Well said, economics guru and I believe you are always right! ;-)

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  4. @Srivats - Not all Chinese characters bring fortune; but hoping these do !

    @Preeti - Oh thanks so much. You are very kind.

    @ thoughtful train - How much such a nice comment means to me ... you are a dear.

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  5. Gaurav Jain28/8/09

    Well, it seems thats been the trend ruling the world since ages. the disintegration of USSR showed the failure of socialism, downfall of hitler defamed dictatorship, global warming brought to surface the hazards of industrialization and the great depression wronged Say's law. it just shows the ignorance of mankind. with every new event we discover flaws in our beliefs. lets just hope we emerge stronger than before.
    AS for the recovry character it hardly matters if its U V or W. the bottomline is that it should be at the earliest possible.

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  6. Wow Gaurav that's very deep thinking. Yes, maybe every disaster is a prelude to learning and recovery. So too with this economic one.

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